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Paul Carrack

Paul Carrack was pop music's ultimate journeyman. A vocalist and keyboardist who enjoyed considerable success over the course of his lengthy career while in the service of bands ranging from Ace to Squeeze to Mike + the Mechanics, his finest work often came at the expense of his own identity as a performer; indeed, of the many big hits on which the unassuming singer was prominently featured, only one, 1987's "Don't Shed a Tear," bore his own name. Carrack was born April 22, 1951, in Sheffield, England; he joined the pub rock group Ace in 1972, eventually writing and singing their debut single, "How Long." After reaching the Top 20 in the group's native Britain, the record hit the number three position in the U.S.; however, after subsequent material failed to match the success of "How Long," Ace disbanded in 1977, and Carrack signed on with Frankie Miller.

He soon resurfaced in Roxy Music, appearing on the LPs Manifesto and Flesh and Blood before releasing his solo debut, Nightbird, in 1980. Carrack next joined Squeeze, replacing keyboardist Jools Holland; in addition to contributing to the group's 1981 creative pinnacle East Side Story, he also assumed lead vocal duties on the single "Tempted," their best-known hit. However, Carrack's stay in Squeeze was brief, and after working with Nick Lowe he again attempted to forge a solo career with the 1982 LP Suburban Voodoo, cracking the U.S. Top 40 with the single "I Need You." A tenure as a sideman with Eric Clapton followed, and in 1985 he joined Genesis' Mike Rutherford in his side project Mike + the Mechanics. Their hits include "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" and "All I Need Is a Miracle."

While remaining a rather anonymous figure at home, Carrack achieved a higher level of visibility in America as a result of Mike + the Mechanics' success; subsequently, his third solo album, One Good Reason, proved to be by far his most popular effort to date, with the single "Don't Shed a Tear" reaching the Top Ten. Another tenure with the Mechanics followed, and with the title track of 1988's The Living Years, the group scored their first number one hit. After the 1989 Carrack solo LP Groove Approved, Mike + the Mechanics issued 1991's Word of Mouth, which failed to repeat the chart performance of its predecessors; by 1993, Carrack was again a member of Squeeze, appearing on the album Some Fantastic Place and also resuming lead chores for a re-recording of "Tempted." However, he was once again back in the Mechanics' fold for 1995's Beggar on a Beach of Gold; the solo Blue Views was issued the next year, followed in 1997 by Beautiful World. Satisfy My Soul was issued in 2000, his first album for Compass Records. Carrack spent the first half the 2000s touring, both as a solo act and as the frontman in Mike + the Mechanics, releasing Groovin' in 2001 and It Ain't Over in 2003. A holiday album appeared in 2005, followed in 2007 by Old, New, Borrowed and Blue. After 2008's knowingly titled I Know That Name, Carrack took a detour on 2010's A Different Hat, an album cut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Two years later, he returned with the soulful 2012 album Good Feeling. Ever the prolific musician, Carrack went on to release Rain or Shine a year later in 2013, followed by 2016's Soul Shadows. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Track List: Rain Or Shine

1. Stepping Stone

2. That's All That Matters To Me

3. One In A Million

4. You Don't Know Me

5. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right

6. Time Waits For No One

7. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)

8. I'm Losing You

9. Life's Too Short

10. Come Rain Or Shine

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Track List: I Know That Name

1. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City

2. I Don't Want To Hear Any More

3. It Ain't Easy (To Love Somebody)

4. No Doubt About It

5. I Don't Want Your Love (I Need Your Love)

6. Stay Awake (I'm Coming Home)

7. Just 4 Tonite

8. Love Is Thicker Than Water

9. If I Didn't Love You

10. Who Am I?

11. Eyes Of Blue

12. Am I In That Dream?

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Track List: Satisfy My Soul

1. Satisfy My Soul

2. Together

3. Where Would I Be

4. My Kind

5. Inspire Me

6. The Only One

7. How Wonderful

8. Running Out Of Time

9. Better Than Nothing

10. Time Passes

11. Make Your Mind Up

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Track List: Blue Views

1. No Easy Way Out

2. For Once In Our Lives

3. Somewhere In Your Heart

4. Eyes Of Blue

5. Always Have Always Will

6. Nothing More Than A Memory

7. Oh Oh Oh My My My

8. Don't Walk Over Me

9. Only A Breath Away

10. Love WIll Keep Us Alive

11. How Long

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Track List: Good Feeling

1. Good Feelin' About It

2. Marmalade Moon

3. Nothing Without You

4. I Can Hear Ray

5. Long Ago

6. Make It Right

7. If I Should Fall Behind

8. From Now On

9. I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love

10. Time To Move On

11. When My Little Girl Is Smiling

12. A Child Is Born

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tammedd
Please tour in the US when you get a chance as I'd love to hear you Live! Love your music!
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tdoug_78
Sure... I wouldn't mention John Mayer in this list of similar artists either.
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cathylane
I am so sorry I have never gotten to witness this great talent in person. Hoping I haven't missed the opportunity to see him in the US.
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He is underrated,b u t I don't think he really cares.
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jep1208
Penultimate voice and singer. Great as a solo artist and as a member of a band.
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johnmargie6
This is my first time for my ears, thank you Paul Carrack.
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marxk8
His voice is so smooth. Love hearing his music
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This guy rocks just right i like it
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Nice sound
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Don't Shed a Tear for Me - brings back so many memories!
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this got cool smooth soul and great beat,,,lets dance!!!
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I agree with the post before mine....Paul Carrack's voice and talent run deep.He grabbed my attention back in the 80's and still has it.
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stevenamcdan i e l 6 6
This is by far, the most underrated vocalist in music. Period. Squeeze, Ace, Mike & the Mechanics, Roxy Music all became better because of Paul Carrack. His solo work is fantastic as well. Grossly underrated!
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He makes everything sound better....I just close my eyes and savor!
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Never knew he was in Roxy Music!
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I first heard him when he was with Mike & The Mechanics In The Living Years and was floored. Been listening every since!
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ddavis_2327
I just discovered him this year & I love his music.
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jcqwallace.i m d
i always loved this guy!! p.c. has a voice that is timeless and magical
also cross-over of my most favorite gendres: jazz (steely dan pieces), "green/blue- e y e d soul" (i'm on your tail), and oh-the ballads!
(i'm dedicated)'l o v e you paul carrack!
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The best blue eyed soul singer ever in my opinion.
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yvettej_rabo n
There are not very many artist who are as versitle as Paul Carrack.
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This cat has always had the pipes...I have sung numerous songs of his when I gig at the clubs I work...the audience goes nuts ..Paul Carrack THANK YOU my very talented friend!!
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tzx4g73
His performance in Roger Waters' The Wall from Berlin was fantastic.
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mary_lou_hol t
Paul Carrack is my all-time favorite singer!!
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Fantastic! Thanks to Pandora for introducing me to Paul Carrack!
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maloculo
There are many voices out there, but this is one of the best.
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bassinjunky
Paul Carrack and Paul Rogers...In my opinion are the two best voices in the business!
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I think "How Long" might be my favorite song of all time. I love his voice.
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bjrboyd
One of the best singers alive today! Smooth!
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!!AWESOME!!
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I want to hear Button off of My Shirt by Paul Carrack. Best version of the song!
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lastdance99
One of the very best voices in music!
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Pandora should include his compilation album. 21 tracks of ALL bands and solo work. This guy's been around and still kicks it.
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That voice...smoo t h as silk!
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Don't forget to the live performance of Roger Water's "Hey You" at the Wall in East Berlin to Paul Carrack's credits.
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Carrack+McDo n a l d would be totally sweet. Who the hell else would do a Boz Scaggs cover in '96?
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hlhrutherfor d
good stuff!!!!!!! ! 1
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Wow good music and very talented voice.
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Paul Carrack is so talented and I enjoy his music with or with any other band. I could listen to him sing forever!
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Hot & sweet...
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Didn't Carrack also do vocal duties for Roger Waters?

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